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Expectant Mothers’ Periodontal Health Vital to Health of Her Baby

 

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In the October 2013 issue of Dental Teamwork, an article was written about how a mother’s overall oral health can also affect the health of her baby.

When a woman becomes pregnant, she knows how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure the health of her baby; it is now highly recommended that expectant mothers maintain their periodontal health as well.

Periodontal disease is a chronic, bacteria-induced inflammatory condition that attacked the gum tissue, and in worse cases, the bone supporting the teeth. Tenderness, redness, swollen/bleeding gums are all signs of periodontal disease. These signs, especially during pregnancy, should not be ignored and may require treatment from a dental professional.

Research has indicated that women with periodontal disease may be at risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes like low-birth weight and pre-term babies. Babies with a birth weight of less than 5.5lbs may be at risk of long-term health problems such as delayed motor skills, social growth and learning disabilities.  Similar complications are true for babies born 3 weeks before their due date. Because of this, we encourage pregnant women to take care of their oral health with regular dental cleanings during their pregnancy.

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Bad Breath-Halitosis

Bad breath (also known as halitosis), we’ve all had it on occasion, but did you know that it is a common condition found in at least 50% of the adult population, with 25% of that group having chronic bad breath?

Here are the most common causes of Halitosis:

1)      Sinuses and Tonsils: materials trapped in tonsils are part of our normal defence system. If you have overall healthy gums and teeth, the cause of bad breath could be a sign of a medical disorder such as sinusitis or a respiratory tract infection. You dentist can evaluate the situation and refer you to a medical doctor if needed.

2)      Gastric Issues: Although not the most common of bad breath causes, people with gastric issues (gastric reflux and gastrointestinal issue) may experience halitosis. Semi digested food forced back through the sphincter, difficulty digesting certain foods like lactose and corn products, and people infected with Helicobacter pylori (bacteria that thrive on the stomach walls) create more bad breath issues.

3)      Food and tongue: Alcohol, cigarettes and specific foods (onion, garlic, etc.) are all contributors to bad breath.

4)      Dental causes: Poor oral hygiene, plaque build-up, dental decay, periodontal disease and gingivitis.

5)      Health conditions and medications: Medications that cause xerostomia (dry mouth) are all sources of bad breath. Saliva helps cleanse our mouth by removing bacteria. When we lack saliva flow, bad breath can occur. People with uncontrolled diabetes may have “fruity” breath, kidney disease may cause a fishy smell, while liver and lung disease can also produce bad breath as a result of the chemicals produced.

How do I get rid of bad breath?

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Regular dental cleanings and thorough daily home care
  • If the smell is coming from teeth with decay, have your teeth restored properly
  • For those with xerostomia (dry mouth), chewing sugarless gum to stimulate saliva flow may be helpful

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Tips for good dental health on Halloween and throughout the year

Simple tips for good dental health this Halloween and throughout the year:

  • Choose better treat options: Plain chocolate or sugarless gum are better options than hard and sticky candies. Sucking on hard candies leaves the mouth constantly bathed in sugar while chewy treats can stick to the teeth. Crunching on hard candies can also result in chips or cracks to the teeth. You can also hand out small items such as themed stickers, pencils or even a toothbrush!
  • Limit sugary treats to meal times: Allow your child to choose a treat to have with their lunch or dinner. Children are most prone to cavities when they nibble constantly on foods or drinks containing sugar throughout the day.
  • Share the wealth: Sit down and go through the candy with your child. Let your child choose some of their favourites and agree to give some away to a local food bank or community group.
  • Reinforce brushing and flossing: Halloween is a great time to remind your kids about the importance of daily brushing (in the morning after breakfast and before bedtime) and flossing. This is one of the simplest ways to keep their mouth clean and healthy.

Dental Implants

Losing one or more of your teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. In addition to these serious issues, tooth loss also causes bone loss. A missing tooth can be replaced by a dental implant without altering the healthy neighbouring teeth. Once the implant is placed, a post is attached providing support for your final crown.

Dental implants are the new standard of care for tooth replacement. They bond with healthy bone and provide permanent support for dental crowns and dentures. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Implants, like natural teeth, stimulate the jaw and prevent bone loss. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone beneath it shrinks from lack of stimulating. Not only does this affect your smile, but it can also change the shape of your face causing you to look prematurely aged. Plus, with dental implants, healthy teeth are not compromised.

If you think that a dental implant is the best option for replacing a missing tooth, feel free to contact us at 905-264-0333. We would be happy to refer you to a specialist who would best suit your needs.